Saturday, 18 February 2017


Sign seen in Ladies toilet recently.  It is not 'art' because I put a frame around it and called in a little help from Banksy.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


I was in Glasgow city centre today... George Square to be exact.  It was quite busy with half term school holidays just now so there were lots of people taking the city centre tourist bus which does a circular hop on-hop off tour of the city.

I passed folk just getting off the bus about to start their exploring.  I overheard one woman say to her friend ... with apologies to Andy Warhol....


Sunday, 12 February 2017


We recently attended a Burns Supper at a local boat club.  We went with Brian and Maggie and were told that it was to a ceilidh so be prepared to join in with a song or an instrument.  We are always up for that.  (Often we find a 'ceilidh' turns out to be a concert on a platform where you sit in rows of seats, eg. in a village hall or whatever.)

We arrived at the early evening start time and Maggie and I got stuck into the bottle of Merlot that she had brought.  I stated at the start of the evening I was quite tired and asked that we go in separate cars in case I wanted to bail out.

A couple of glasses and I had revived.  In the meantime there was a lady going around with her raffle tickets so, having brought a bottle of wine myself ... the first I grabbed from the cupboard... I handed it it for the raffle as it was unlikely Maggie and I would open it.

Now this bottle is one I bought with my Christmas M&S voucher; it was the one I chose because I liked the colour of the bottle.

Well the evening wore on and by 10:15 pm the meal was finished and coffee was just starting to be served.  Then the ghetto blaster and its accompanying pair of speakers were cranked up just a tad more ... and I thought ... 'This is hellish!' ... I am off.  Iain, who can't hear in crowds at the best of times, was in agreement. So we gathered out stuff and made our way home.

We left our raffle tickets with Brian ... who came by the next day.  We had won a bottle of wine in the raffle ... mine!

And this is it [King Valley, Austrailia, Pinot Griogio Arneis, 2016], alongside Ken's love daffs ...back home again sitting on our sideboard!

Saturday, 11 February 2017


The children make us laugh.... Wee Ellie is now 2 years old and is a very good speaker.  Every day she has new words as well as sentences.

Here is Ellie last week, being steered by Ishbel (10), where she was out on a walk with John and Mairi and the rest of the gang.  Photo is John's.

When she was here today she sat (very nicely!) at the table while I had a cup of tea and she had an ice cream.  Last night we had people for dinner and there were some cherry tomatoes (right hand corner of photo) in the middle of the table.  She had one thinking it was a grape .... "eugh-gh-gh... it's [dis] 'gusting!"

I asked her  "What was Daddy doing today?"  "He's on the 'puter." !!!

Monday, 6 February 2017


The jokes get better and better.  Louise posted an item today that I thought was really funny: someone wants to build a wall? IKEA might have a solution....

The link is here:

"The Scandinavian furniture maker has offered the USA a practical, ready-made solution with “Börder Wåll”. All they need to do is pick it up in a van from the nearest IKEA branch and put it up where they want it to go. Totalling US $9,999,999,999.99, “Börder Wåll” is significantly cheaper than a conventional wall. Estimates suggest that a conventional wall would cost between US $15 and $25 billion."    And it just gets funnier.

This reminds me of the time wee Alastair announced that wanted Santa to bring him bunk beds for Christmas.  When discussing the problem of trying to get them down the chimney he suddenly stated "Well, he bring them as a flat-pact!"

If the wall doesn't do the job there is always a Build Your Own prison cell available!

Thursday, 2 February 2017


I awoke this morning feeling somewhat sluggish ... which is not my usual.  Normally, once awake, I get up and get going for the day.  Not this morning. Not ill, I forced myself to attend to chores etc which soon gets the day moving in the right gear.
Now that it is lighter in the morning I always like to get rid of the various types of rubbish (packaging, bottles and paper)  which go into our various coloured recycling bins.  I noticed that the day was, not so much dark, as 'dull' and that there were no birds singing ... i.e. very quiet.  "Ah hah" sez I "there's a weather front coming in, a big Low Pressure (storm) coming. Literally, the calm before the storm. And after an hour, the trees started fluttering and leaves started blowing around.

I have got good at picking up these signs after years of being at sea and seeing the conditions change ... sure enough ... bad weather soon followed.

I looked on my iPhone and took a photo [the image above]. The image posted is a screenshot which, as I was showing Iain who did not know how to take a picture of something on his iPhone screen, I took by (1) holding down the ON/OFF button on the top right of the phone then (2) carefully, and lightly but firmly, tapping the HOME button - the round one at the middle bottom on the iPhone.  The order here is important; I can't make it work the other way around nor by pressing both at the same time as instructions say.

Anyhow.... at this point I made a phone call to Christina, my Swedish friend. She was feeling exactly the same way so I suggested that maybe it was something to do with the weather.  "Hold on a minute" she said. "Let me read the barometer."  She returned to the phone and in her astonished Swedish voice cried "Heavens! It says 'STORM' on the barometer!"

I wish I knew what the actual barometer reading was but it just goes to show that there is something in the Old Wives (or Old Sailors) 'feeling' for the weather!  Furthermore, chances are one is not getting a cold or whatever so, therefore, it is best just to get on with the day!
The image above is from Wikipedia: a shelf cloud, associated with a heavy or severe thunderstorm, over Swedish island of Öland in the Baltic Sea in July 2005 taken by Arnold Paul.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Brian Kelloch and Tommy Smith played at a lunchtime concert today ... they are both legends in their own lunchtime. I was quite blown away by their (piano and sax respectively) playing in the Merchant's Hall, George Square.  So imaginative, mellifluous and totally at one as they grooved their way through an hour of jazz standards.  (More performers could take a leaf out their book!  By that I mean when it is a 'coffee concert' have a program that is light and easily digested.  Leave the heavy stuff, full of angst, for a different occasion!)